Macron warns of escalation after Biden’s criticism of Putin – POLITICO

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday distanced himself from statements by US President Joe Biden who called Vladimir Putin “Butcher” who “cannot stay in power”.

macron told broadcaster France 3 that his focus is on negotiating a ceasefire between Kyiv and Moscow, followed by a full withdrawal of Russian troops through diplomacy.

“If we want that, we must not escalate in words or deeds,” said Macron.

biden allegedly walked off the script and made the comments during a speech in Poland on Saturday, as the conflict entered its second month.

“For God’s sake, this man can’t stay in power,” Biden said calledwhich prompted a reprimand from the Kremlin with a spokesman warning that personal insults would do little to help bilateral relations.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is here downplayed Evidence that Washington is seeking regime change in Russia.

Macron’s comments were echoed in the UK. UK Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sky News that it is the Russian people who should decide who leads them.

“I think that’s up to the Russian people,” Zahawi said told the broadcaster when asked if Downing Street believed Putin should step down from power. But Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, coupled with crippling sanctions by western nations, could play a role in who calls the shots in Russia, the education minister added.

“The Russian people, I think, are pretty fed up with what is happening in Ukraine, this illegal invasion, the destruction of their own livelihoods, their economy collapsing around them, and I think the Russian people are becoming aware of the fate of Putin and his deciding mate,” he said.

“Regime change” in Russia is not an American policy, said the US ambassador to NATO on Sunday.

In a speech on Fox News Sunday, Ambassador Julianne Smith said Biden’s statement in Poland should not demand that President Vladimir Putin be overthrown in Russia.

“Let me be clear and start by saying that the US has no regime change policy towards Russia,” Smith told host John Roberts.

She added: “But I think we all agree that President Putin cannot be authorized to wage war. He attacked Ukraine in a deliberate, unprovoked conflict.”

David Cohen contributed reporting. Macron warns of escalation after Biden's criticism of Putin - POLITICO

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